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What to see? | Around Yangon





  Yangon, one of the fascinating cities in South East Asia, lies in southern delta region of Myanmar, lined by the Yangon River and Bago River, with the population of over 5 millions. It is the biggest city in Myanmar and was the formal capital until 2006 after ending the Burmese royal kingdom by the British in 1885.

One can experience the colonial atmosphere in the down town of Yangon. There are many colonial building left. It covers 400 sq km and the city is green and full of trees.

With its shady trees, parks and beautiful lakes, it has been called the garden city of the east. The colonial buildings, different religious monuments and great Shwedagon Pagoda add Yangon to be a beautiful city.

What to see?

Shwe-da-gon Pagoda
It is a must for every visit to Myanmar and the highlight of any trip to Yangon. It is the most venerated pagoda for the Myanmar Buddhists and is believed the eights hairs of the Buddha are enshrined in its casket. The original small stupa was enlarged by the Burmese Kings and Queens to the present size, almost 99.2 m high.

The outside layer of the pagoda is attached with the pure gold plates and jewelleries in various forms, precious stone such as diamond and ruby, etc. golden bells and silver bells by the devotees are put at the umbrella. It is very impressionable to see this Great Pagoda. Admission: US$; 5

Bo-gyoke Market
It is known as Scott market, built in 1926. Bo-gyoke market is a real shopper’s paradise in particular for tourists as well as for the local Myanmar. Most of the items are really unique and not available in outside Myanmar. You can find the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts under one roof.

The other sight-seeing in Yangon:
National museum, where the Lion Throne and Mandalay royal regalia are displayed is. It has an extensive collection of ancient art-facts and arts works on display in 14 halls.

Historical Sule Pagoda
At the centre of the city next to the city hall, which is built in 1936, and strolling around the colonial Buildings, colonial and spiritual of Yangon, will bring back you to Landon 100 years ago.

Bo-ta-taung Pagoda, Nan-thi-da jetty
One can experience taking the local ferry boat (very ordinary one), about half an hour with crowded local people in Yangon river.

Then visit 72m long and 19 m high huge Kyauk-htet-gyi reclining Buddha in relaxing position.

Kaba Aye Pagoda
Has five entrances and it is built with combination of stupa and temple style.

Kandawgyi Park
It is very pleasant place to stroll around, to take the nice photos and to observe the Myanmar flora and flower.

Ka-ra-weik Hall
It was built in 1972. It makes a good spot to catch the Burmese arts architecture and to see the beautiful panorama.

Indian quarter, China Town
Series of roadside stalls, vendors and stores and the oldest Chinese temple in Yangon are to visit.

When you have time left, one can visit the National races village and Yangon War Cemetery.

Around Yangon

Thanlyin_Kyauk Tann
It is located east of Yangon, across the Thanlyin Bridge, the longest bridge in Myanmar. One can visit the old Portuguese church, local market and kyeik Kauk Pagoda where you can have a nice view of the area. And the tour high light is Ye-Le Paya, built in the middle of the river, at Kyauk Tann, 13 km from Thanlyin.

Twante is located about 32 km south-west of Yangon. It was an ancient city and famous for its Pottery. After crossing the Yangon River by local ferry boat about 20 minutes, continue to Twante by car. One can visit the famous Pottery, Shwe-san-daw Pagoda, fishing village by trishaw.
A half day trip to Twante will be something different. It is possible to make a day trip to Twante by boat. Lunch will be served on boat and will be back Yangon around 15 pm.

It is situated 285 km from Yangon and was one of the capitals of Pyu tribe 5th to 9thcentury. They lived in fortified wall town supported by a rich agricultural environment within 19 sq km. The Pyu tribes are the ethnicity of Tibet. Today three old Pyu cities are found in the Ayeyarwaddy river valley, namely Sri-ket-tra; founded in 443 BC in Pyay, Beik-tha-no in Taung-dwin-Gyi and Hanlin in Shwe-bo town. Sri-ket-tra was the capital of Pyu from 5th to 15th century.

The archaeological research uncovered the Pyu bricks, terracotta, urn, pottery, jewellery, etc. It shows that the Pyu was much more widespread and had an imposing civilization.
The road to Pyay from Yangon is quite good and it takes 5 to 6 hours to get there by passing many villages, shady trees and green paddy field beside.

Here in Pyay one can visit Paya-gyi, Shwe-san-daw and Se-htet-gyi in the city, Shwe-bon-thar-muni across the river, archaeological museum, baw-baw-gyi, be-be-gyi, Paya-mar and the other pagoda in ruin in the old city site, Sri-ket-tra (443 BC), by bullock cart.


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